Monday, 23 January 2012

23rd January Mark 3:22-30

Unforgivable Sin
 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”  So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”  He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

This passage is known as The Unforgiveable Sin which is to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.  It's strong words that this can never be forgotten, NEVER! 

 I find these words hard to accept; they go against everything else that is taught by Jesus.  Jesus teaches that all who truly repent will be forgiven.  So there seems to be a contradiction. Of course there won't be a contradiction, Jesus is clear as to the message; it'll be that the meaning is not clear to us.

I have committed this Unforgiveable sin, many times; and I have repented, many times; I now trust that God forgives all who truly repent and change their ways.

Father today I pray that you really do forgive even the unforgiveable if we change our ways and truly repent.  Amen

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